Desktop Computer Reviews

Desktop Computer ReviewsGadget Review provides you with the latest Desktop Computer Reviews and updates. Computer reviews are prepared and released after each new model is introduced. Of course, we understand that dozens of computers exist today across various price ranges. That’s why we cover everything from budget to mid-range PCs and even gaming desktops. Our experts know a thing or two about the Best desktop computers and best gaming pcs†from brands like Asus, HP, and even Apple.

What Is A Desktop Computer?

A desktop computer is a computer that, for lack of a better term, generally tends to live somewhere underneath or on “top” of your desk. They can come in all shapes and sizes, but most often are shipped in rectangular cases that are a foot or two tall at most. Inside the shell they contain a processor, a graphics card (sometimes two in gaming desktops), a motherboard, RAM, a hard drive (or SSD), and a power supply to keep everything up and running. In order to use a desktop computer to its fullest, you’ll also need an external display or monitor, as well as a keyboard and mouse.

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What Price Should You Expect To Pay For A Desktop Computer?

Of all the product categories out there, the prices of desktop computers probably have the widest berth of the bunch. A solid desktop computer that runs most programs and even a few games can cost as little as $300, while others that run entire servers while playing Crysis 3 on ultra settings at the same time can set you back upwards of $10,000. With desktop computers, the†sky really is the limit.

Which Are The Leading Desktop Computer†Brands?

The best desktop brands out there also happen to be the same companies who have dominated the space for the past two decades or so, including Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Other companies like ASUS and Acer have also started to edge their way into the market, but if you want a seal of quality from the brand name alone, you can't go wrong with the original contenders.

Common Mistakes†to Avoid

When buying a new desktop computer, you'll want to be sure that you're getting the absolute best value for your money. Often pre-built gaming computers are way overpriced compared to what you would get if you build it yourself, but there are a few models that are reasonably priced for the power they come with inside. Also, be sure that you have all the right peripherals when you hit the checkout, as well as Wi-Fi handled either by an internal card or a USB wireless dongle. Desktops don't automatically include Wi-Fi capability on their own, so don't forget to add it on to your total receipt.

Features to Look For When Buying a New Desktop Computer

Processor/RAM:†In desktop computers, anything in Intel's latest line of 6th-gen Skylake processors are going to be a solid bet. AMD processors are a bit more over the place, but generally anything above the A8 line of CPUs will get the job done with superior power efficiency throughout.

Graphics Cards:†Just like the debate between Intel and AMD, there's no real "winner" in the battle between Nvidia and AMD graphics cards. Realistically, it comes down to the fact that even though AMD cards tend to be cheaper than Nvidia for the same amount of power, they can suffer from more compatibility issues across a larger number of games and applications.

Storage:†In a desktop, you never want to go for anything less than 1TB of available hard drive space, which goes double for gaming setups. While that may sound like a lot on the surface, you should need even more if you're backing up your computer as regularly as you're supposed to. Backups fill up hard drive space fast, and if you want to protect your data properly, having enough space to go around is the only way to stay 100% secure.

Design and Form Factor:†Desktops these days can be as big as a tower speaker or small as a pack of playing cards, depending on the model you go with. There are designs and form factors to fit any setup, and ultimately which one is right for you will come down to how much power you need divided by the amount of available space you have to spare wherever you plan to set the computer up.

Loudness and Heat:†A big factor that a lot of people forget to consider when getting their new desktop is hot†and noisy some of the more powerful models can be. All those components can get molten-hot during intense gaming sessions and need lots of loud fans to cool them down, and can prove to be a problem for some households during the summer months.

Expansion Ports:†One of the best parts about desktops over their more portable cousins is that desktops can be infinitely upgradeable - as long as you've got enough spare ports. When you get a new desktop, check to see that it has at least two PCI-E slots, and preferably more than four slots for a possible RAM upgrade somewhere down the line.

Warranty:†One of the whole reasons you buy a prebuilt computer in the first place (as opposed to throwing one together yourself from disparate parts), is for the included warranty. Always be sure that your warranty covers at least one year of labor, and optimally includes around three years for the parts inside.